Rapid Application Development refers to the expedited creation of computer software, typically with a view to providing businesses with bespoke applications. The accelerated build phase is a result of removing computer coding as a requisite skill (although code alterations are usually permitted). Instead, users build tailored applications by selecting from customisable options.
Develop, Test, Implement
Going from ‘prototype’ to ‘published app’ in as short a time period as possible is a major feature of rapid application development software. Complete beginners in the field of software development are able to build, test, roll out, and monitor the performance of new apps. This presents businesses that wish to design in-house apps with a cost-effective option in terms of removing the expense associated with employing trained staff.
Another attractive feature is that of real-time alterations. Changes may be made as required in response to feedback, allowing an accelerated means of enhancing staff/client interactions. This means that apps can achieve widespread adoption both in terms of integrating with existing working practices and integrating with staff expectations in a relatively condensed time frame.
Stages of development & implementation:
- Fast Testing
Design and test prototypes
- Fast Adjustments
Tweak apps in real time (instant results)
- Fast Workforce Integration
Give end users early access and gain feedback
- Fast Application Launch and Tracking
Launch and track apps at a self-determined time
Software that enables rapid application delivery is based on the concepts of efficiency and optimisation. This is achieved by providing users with an intuitive means of developing and customising scalable apps with no limits on the number of times an app may be rebuilt. In this sense, applications do not ever tend to reach an established ‘complete’ phase. Instead, application rollouts are seen as prototype enhancements that are understood to be temporary replacements that better serve user needs until such time as those needs change.
Intuitive Usability - Rapid Application Delivery
Intuitive usability relates both to the design software and to the end product (i.e. the newly created application). This is because the design software is intended for ease of use when constructing apps, just as the interface produced is intended for instant user operability.
Usability features include:
- Build Forms
Design, build, and roll out forms specific to business needs with specialised tools
- Designer Freedom
- Scalable Solutions
Sometimes called ‘elastic scalability’, apps are scalable up and down to meet business needs
- Create Unique Documents
Create eye-catching documents in Microsoft Word complete with imported data sets and images
- Customisable User Journey
Create and adapt the user journey with customisable user states and roles
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